LONDON (AP) – Hundreds of people marched Saturday through central London and other cities across England and Wales to protest the British government’s plan to hand the police new powers to tackle demonstrations.
Protesters walked past Buckingham Palace towards Parliament Square, just outside the Houses of Parliament. A ring of officers positioned themselves around the statue of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. The statue had been defaced during Black Lives Matter protests last year.
Protesters, including many who carried anti-sexism placards and chanted “Women scared everywhere, police and government do not care!” passed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office at 10 Downing Street.
London’s Metropolitan Police said the majority of people “have tried to adhere to social distancing” but that a “small minority” had blocked the road at Parliament Square.
“Officers are on scene engaging and encouraging them to move so we can reopen the